Two UK Hospitals Refuse To Admit Achieng Abura’s Ailing Son


Late Achieng Abura, left behind a doting son, Prince Abura who has been battling with sickle Cell Anemia since birth. His ailment was complicated by a heart disorder which came knocking about five years ago. The heart disorder has kept him in a sad state for quite some time now, crossing over to other organs and affecting them.


In a bid to seek treatment and deal with the illness once and for all, Kenyans came out in large numbers to raise funds for his treatment in the United Kingdom. The funds raised were to enable Prince to get the treatment, cover other expenses such as air ticket and recuperation requirements. Prince’s condition got worse immediately after his late mother’s demise and was admitted to Aga Khan hospital as he waited to be airlifted to London. However, in a surprising and sad turn of events, fresh reports intimates that two UK hospitals have refused to admit Prince, claiming that he is not covered by National Health Service. This was revealed by M-Changa fundraiser account chairman who shared the unfortunate news on social media.

Prince was discharged the day before his mother was laid to rest and traveled to Songhor for the funeral. After a procedure done at Aga Khan hospital a few days before, he has since  stabilized and has been eating and sleeping well and regaining his strength. 

In the meantime, Lucie has been to the UK and been in contact with the two hospitals we were referred to by Achieng. Unfortunately it seems they will not admit Prince unless he is covered by the NHS (National Health Service) which could only happen if Prince was enrolled in college there. The cost of seeking Sickle Cell treatment without this coverage is beyond us.

We immediately set about looking for alternatives and have been in touch with the Indian High Commission to see if they have any leads that can assist us pursue treatment in India. Last Saturday we had a fruitful meeting with Princes family to deliberate on the way forward and will meet again later this month and they are also helping guide us on whats best for him.
His Doctor in Nairobi Dr Riyat is also assisting to see if we can find an institution in India that can treat his condition. We wish to emphasize that there is managing his condition which can be done in Nairobi (even though it may be better managed abroad) and treatment which will mean he will be free of the debilitating conditions of sickle cell and able to lead a full and productive life. The latter is what we are seeking to do. We do also have a contact in America who is pursuing a few institutions there that specialize in Sickle Cell treatment.”He wrote.


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